Review of Apple Vision Pro: The Vision Pro is the most advanced mixed-reality headset available. It transforms your perception of reality by elevating the bar for visual quality, eye and gesture tracking, and the whole experience. This is a headset you’ll want to wear repeatedly, even with the weight and price limitations that are quite considerable, as well as the occasional V1 glitch (apps do crash).
Review of Apple Vision Pro in two minutes
Apple invested over ten years in developing the Vision Pro. Its stunning design, amazing graphics that seamlessly combine the fantastic with the real, and unparalleled versatility make it stand out among other mixed-reality headsets.
It’s annoying that there are still restrictions even after all that effort. Of course, I want a $500 headset that weighs less than 1 pound or 500 grams and integrates the battery in some way. Not even Apple’s cutting-edge version of the state of the art is there yet. But none of that diminishes my opinion of the Vision Pro. This incredible technological and industrial design feat makes the mysterious realms of mixed reality, virtual reality, and augmented reality accessible to a wide audience.
The natural technology control you were unaware you were lacking is the ability to operate a computer with your gaze and movements (finger taps, long pinches, pulls). The millimeter accuracy is more in line with what you would anticipate from an experienced operating system than from Apple’s recently released Vision Pro platform, visionOS, which was unveiled nine months ago. Apple got this one perfectly the first time, and it may end up being as natural as today’s tapping, pinching, and swiping on an iPhone or iPad.
The Vision Pro is an advanced computing platform with a plethora of capabilities and opportunities. Apple’s efforts are evident in the fact that it does so many things so effectively, that they function, and that they make sense. I’ve been in awe of the meticulous attention to detail and the ability of a cutting-edge V1 product to feel so polished and whole. Apple has produced a headset called the Vision Pro, which I would gladly wear practically daily if I did nothing else but work in it.
Although I’ve always wanted a workstation that is 150 inches or bigger, I couldn’t see how it would be useful or, more significantly, observable. I wish I could never go back to my laptop’s cramped area because the Vision Pro gives me a nearly infinite desktop.
Seldom have I tested a piece of technology that has affected me as much as the Vision Pro. Because spatial videos are so intensely realistic, they elicit feelings in the viewer quickly that a flat image might not. It is both startling and exhilarating to get up close and personal with unearthly or prehistoric creatures that appear to practically perceive me. More than fantastic software, apps, developers, and artists are needed to make this work; you also need a well-thought-out structure to make it all work together. With 23 million pixels of graphics, spatial audio that carries over from band-bound speakers straight to your ears, and eye-tracking that recognizes your gaze more accurately than you, the Vision Pro consistently delivers.
After battling to get the ideal fit, I can wear the Vision Pro for hours on end, but my face always serves as a reminder that it was not designed for this kind of use. Sometimes it’s difficult for me to find a fit without a nagging discomfort, but the more absorbed I go, the less discomfort I have.
The external battery is fine with me, but when I want to watch a 3D movie, the battery seems to be losing power twice as quickly. Thankfully, the battery may be charged further by plugging it in.
While Apple’s attempts to maintain connectivity with people in front of you through FaceTime conversations and other means need improvement, I believe that the outside-in pass-through technology that blends the actual and computer-generated worlds is among the best that I have seen. Personas are a little unsettling, and EyeSight—which projects a live video of your eyes onto an external screen for everyone to see—looks a little unsettling. Then there is the price, which is prohibitive and will turn off a lot of people right away. Though I would argue that they will realize they want a Vision Pro and the only issue that will remain is how to pay for it, I wonder if they might have a different opinion after their initial encounter.
Apple Vision Pro: VALUE AND STOCK
- Lens inserts are not included in the price.
- Not yet accessible outside of the United States
At WWDC 2023, Apple made the announcement of its Vision Pro headset on June 5, 2023. In the US, the 256GB model costs $3,499 and is currently available. The headset went on sale on January 19 and started shipping on February 2. Apple claims that details on cost and availability will be announced in 2025.
APPLE VISION PRO: COMPOSITION
What do you get for $3,499 (Apple handed me the 1TB model, which starts at $3,899; a 512GB headset is also available for $3,699)? Everything you need to put on and use the Apple Vision Pro is included in the box. Priority order for:
- First, there’s the Apple Vision Pro setup.
- a battery and cable attached
- USB-C charging cord and 30-watt converter
- The lone-knit group
- A Band With Two Loops
- Two Cushions for Light Seals
- A cloth awning
- A polishing cloth
The Zeiss prescription lens inserts are the one item that isn’t included but that you might require, just like I did. The cost of these is $149 for complete prescription lenses, which is what I need, and $99 for reading glasses. Some people with specific Apple vision problems may not be able to use the Apple Vision Pro; Apple will notify you in advance if this is likely to be the case.
Everything comes in a big white box that is recognizable as holding an expensive Apple device.
For $199, you can purchase an optional carrying case. Considering that you recently spent nearly $3,500, I believe it’s a worthwhile investment, though others may argue that Apple ought to include the case with the pricey headset. I received the case from Apple; it’s small, can accommodate the items I listed above in storage, and I believe its sturdy shell and soft surface will effectively safeguard your pricey new device.
Features of Apple Vision Pro
The headgear is approximately six inches wide, nearly four inches deep from the edge of the Light Seal to the front of the glass, and nearly four inches tall, which is, in some ways, average goggle size.
However, the weight is arguably the most significant specification of all. The Vision Pro weighs between 1.3 and 1.4 pounds, or 600 and 650 grams, depending on the bands you choose to use. The external battery weighs a little over three-quarters of a pound, or around 350g. I carried it about in my pocket, on the table, or the couch next to me (later, I acquired a lovely $49.95 Belkin Case, so I could connect it to my belt). Thankfully, Apple decided against including a battery in its initial mixed-reality headset.
|Header Cell – Column 0
|Apple Vision Pro
|Meta Quest 3
|Meta Quest Pro
|Est: 152 x 101 x 101mm / 6 x 4 x 4 inches
|184 x 160 x 98mm / 7.2 x 6.3 x 3.9 inches
|265 x 127 x 196mm / 10.4 x 5 x 7.7 inches
|From 1.3lbs / 600g
|1.14lbs / 515g
|1.6lbs / 722g
|Two LCD displays
|4K per eye (23 million pixels)
|2064 x 2208 pixels per eye
|1920 x 1080 per eye
|110-degree horizontal, 96-degree vertical
|90Hz, 96Hz, 100Hz
|72Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 120Hz
|Apple silicon M2, R1
|Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2
|Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2+
|256GB, 512GB, 1TB
|128GB or 512GB
|2 hours 12 minutes